Zhana Vrangalova late last month wrote a piece for Them about the results of a study by two Canadian researchers that showed that the vast majority of cisgender people (those who identify as their biological sex) would not consider dating a trans person, and that is just another example of the discrimination trans people suffer.

Of 958 participants in the study, only 12 percent said they would consider dating a trans woman or trans man.

Vrangalova writes:

The high rates of trans exclusion from potential dating pools are undoubtedly due in part to cisnormativity, cissexism, and transphobia — all of which lead to lack of knowledge about transgender people and their bodies, discomfort with these unknowns, and fear of being discriminated against by proxy of one’s romantic partner. It is also possible that at least some of the trans exclusion is due to the fact that for some people, sexual orientation might be not (just) about a partner’s gender identity, but attraction to specific body types and/or judgment of reproductive capabilities.

We’ll admit this is the first time we’ve ever seen the word “cissexism” in print.

Varad Mehta of @DecisionDeskHQ — an obvious “transphobe” — had a few observations:

So cis people don’t have to feel guilty that they’re discriminating against trans people by not having sexual relationships with them?


Remember: even the Women’s March had to say cool it with the “pussy hats” the second time around because they associated certain sexual organs with being a woman, and that could not stand.